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Editor calls for new digital hub to be based in Birmingham

The editor of the Birmingham Post is calling for a planned digital service to rival the BBC to be based in the city.

Marc Reeves said that the city was well placed to host the Public Service Publisher announced by regulator Ofcom in January.

His comments came ahead of a Birmingham Post business breakfast meeting with Philip Graf, deputy chairman of Ofcom, today.

He said: “Birmingham is an ideal location for this because of the growing number of software houses, television production companies and other creative organisations that are thriving in the city. It also benefits from its proximity to London.

“The new PSP is going to be a very organic and loose collection of creative businesses and individuals producing content on digital platforms.”

Philip Graf – who is also the former chief executive of The Birmingham Post’s current owners Trinity Mirror – was due to speak today on Ofcom’s vision for the PSP and other current media regulatory issues.

The breakfast is an official fringe event for the National Union of Journalists annual conference, which begins today.